Teammates

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Axtell Establishes a TeamMates Mentoring Program Chapter

Axtell will join communities across five states in an effort to provide mentors for youth in grades three through twelve. “We are very excited to launch TeamMates Mentoring in the Axtell School System. The strong school and community support is evident from the work being done locally to establish the TeamMates program,” stated Beth Roberts, TeamMates Regional Coordinator, who facilitated a local board training on Sunday, October 15th. Board members are: Bette Dimon, Beci Van Fossen, Kelly Nelson, Brenda Norblade, Jayne Kring, Julie Fox, Dusty Jura, and Angie Fickenscher.

The TeamMates Mentoring Program was founded in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne to provide support and encouragement to youth. In this school-based mentoring program, mentors come to the school one visit per week, during the school year, and meet with a student. Mentors can play games, talk, work on projects, etc. TeamMates Mentors provide a sense of hope and vision to young people, with a mission to help them reach their full potential. Today, through TeamMates, over 8000 youth are being mentored one time per week at their local school by adult volunteers. For more information, go to www.teammates.org.

The TeamMates of Axtell program has established a goal of 15 matches for the 2017-2018 school year and is open to any student in grades 3-12. Mentees can be nominated one of three ways. They can be nominated by a parent, a school staff member, or self-nomination. Mentors are being recruited will begin meeting with students in January. We have had one mentor training session and will be having more training sessions in December. Mentors are not tutors, counselors, nor are they there to “fix” anything— they’re there to be friends. Mentors are matched with mentees based on interests and life experiences. To find out more about how to be a mentor for TeamMates of Axtell contact Kathy Abrahamson, Program Coordinator, at 308-999-8136 or one of the board members.

We are also looking for games, activities and craft projects to have at the school for mentor and mentee meetings, so keep us in mind when you are cleaning closets!

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